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Andrew Lloyd Webber} has been the most successful composer of musicals of his generation and also a breaker of molds in the genre. The composers who inspired him were for the most part American, but he was born in London, the son of William Lloyd Webber}, director of the London College of Music, and was trained at the Royal Academy of Music.

Though the school wasn't a musical-theater stronghold, Lloyd Webber} and lyricist Tim Rice} met and began work on a musical based on the biblical story of {%Joseph} and his coat of many colors; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat} showed strong rock} influences. Soon the two hit on another unusual idea: a musical based on the life of {%Christ} from {%Judas}' point of view. Unable to finance a stage version, Lloyd Webber} and Rice} did manage to record their show, and Jesus Christ Superstar} went on to sell millions of copies. The hit musical version followed belatedly.

Lloyd Webber} and Rice} parted ways temporarily, but Rice} returned with another audacious idea: a musical retelling the life of Argentine icon {%Eva Perón}. Evita} (1976) repeated the Jesus Christ Superstar} pattern, with its hit album followed by a successful theatrical run.

The Lloyd Webber}/Rice} partnership now was severed (Rice} went on to write Chess}), and Lloyd Webber} next wrote a musical revue based on T.S. Eliot}'s whimsical poems about Cats} (1981). This time the show came before the album, and its two-decade run became legendary. By this time, Lloyd Webber} had largely abandoned rock} elements in favor of a pastiche style that borrowed from classical} and opera} sources.

Lloyd Webber} created several moderately successful shows (Song and Dance}, Starlight Express}) before scoring another long-running hit in 1987 with a musical adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera}. Aspects of Love} (1989-1990) was less successful, however. A musical adaptation of the Billy Wilder} film Sunset Boulevard} proved one of his rare disappointments. In 1996, Lloyd Webber} and Rice} contributed a new song, "You Must Love Me,"} to a film version of Evita} starring Madonna}; "You Must Love Me"} was named Best Original Song at the 1997 Academy Awards, and in January of that year, Andrew Lloyd Webber} became Lord Lloyd-Webber} of Sydmonton.

Lloyd Webber} continued to compose new musicals approximately every other year. Whistle Down the Wind} opened in July 1998 in London, and The Beautiful Game}, a political musical about Northern Ireland, opened in September 2000. ~ AMG, All Music Guide

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